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Topic: Winter (the season) (08/13/09)
TITLE: A Winter's Solace
By Jerry Lyn Luckie
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The driveway is covered over quickly and the snow hangs heavily on the tall pine trees. The place is a little hidden cove, a treasure, set away from the town and the busyness of life.
When the snow comes, it seems that all creation grows even quieter in the landscape. The animals must be finding refuge, the cars stay off the winding, twisting roads now. And it is snow mixed with hail…frosty and glacial and chilling.
She pulls on her boots and parka to start the first of many times to shovel the drive. But each time she goes out into the cold, she seems mesmerized, more alive, more awake.
She still hears the rushing of the water through the creek. She looks skyward and the wind whisks her cheeks and wet snow wets them. And the stillness of the night, as well as the cold, seems to take her breath away.
The spiritual landscape inside her soul is opening. The loss of the one she loved was so much to bear, yet she felt the loss giving way to peace somehow, in this moment. The deep chasm inside her, a burden to bear, an emptiness to fill. The weight of the pain had been intolerable and agonizing. But now suddenly, she felt as if she was held. The isolation seemed, somehow, to dissipate.
This is the place for the deep silence, where the deep guttural cries in the night were beginning to be silenced. She seemed to feel his strength in her, like a warm blanket warming every part of her. She turned quickly, think she heard his voice, but knowing it was impossible.
There is music stirring between the trees, a magical music of nature. But the heart must be still and open to hear its song lifting. She falls to her knees, worshiping in the silence. Finding her solace. And embraced in this moment of reverence. Knowing finally the healing and peace has come.
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